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Asteroid mining: the capitalisation of space

“I thought it was a joke,” says Ezio D’Agostino, about the moment he learned of Luxembourg’s plans to mine near-Earth objects for mineral resources. “I have always admired space exploration – it has been a passion since I was a young child, but this program is not romantic like stories of space travel.” The idea is to mine for precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum, or for lunar water, which can be distilled into rocket fuel for future space missions, on asteroids in space. The concept sounds like the stuff of science-fiction, but latest news likens it to a 21st-century gold rush. In February 2016, four months into D’Agostino’s three-year residency at The National Audiovisual Centre in Luxembourg, the government launched the SpaceResources initiative. It provides a legal framework to secure property rights for resources that are harvested in space, and has attracted the attention of global companies and private investors. Prompted by this new approach to capitalising on resources, D’Agostino’s new book, NEOs – an abbreviation of Near-Earth Objects – aims to …

2019-07-31T12:22:21+00:00

Felicia Honkasalo’s portrait of her late grandfather

When Felicia Honkasalo’s grandfather passed away in 2009, he left behind boxes full of rocks and minerals, and stacks of notes, sketches, and fading photographs. “No one else in the family wanted them,” says Honkasalo, who never got the opportunity to meet her grandfather, “I was really intrigued by it all, but I didn’t really know what to do with it at first”.
Honkasalo’s debut book, Grey Cobalt, is an attempt to construct imagined memories of her grandfather, who was a metallurgist during the Cold War in Finland as well as an avid cosmologist. Published by Loose Joints, the book release accompanies an exhibition at the Webber Gallery in London, which will run till 15 February.

2019-01-25T10:31:32+00:00

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